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Sleeping in Running Gear – Yeah It Works

Now that The Night Run 10K is behind me, I’ve turned my running energy to building my strength, speed, and stamina as I head into starting marathon training in the fall. But here’s the downside of training in Phoenix in the summer – it’s freaking hot. And when I have to run and walk the dog before it gets too hot, my day begins early. It’s usually still dark outside when I start pounding pavement. By the way, running at first light is awesome. The sky is absolutely gorgeous as it shifts from black, to royal blue, to pink.

Uphill - Explored by Don McCollough from Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Uphill – Explored by Don McCollough from Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Something got me thinking – Wouldn’t it be more efficient to sleep in running clothes? I sleep in shorts and t-shirt every night so changing it up for running gear is just adding a sports bra to the mix. I kicked the question out on Reddit, and I was surprised by the number of responses I got that were negative. I understand why someone who wears the same running gear multiple times might not want to sleep in in smelly clothes with dried sweat all over them, but I didn’t understand how it could be uncomfortable to sleep in a sports bra if it fits well. Maybe that’s an issue that only affects people with big boobs.

I started sleeping in my workout gear when I’m going running the next morning about a week ago. I sleep in my shorts, sports bra, and shirt and near the bed are my socks, reflective belt, iPod, and shoes. It is a little weird to lie down in bed with the extra layer on top and shorts that have a liner, but I’m usually so tired that I fall asleep within minutes. And it’s comfortable enough to sleep through the night.

Sleeping in my running clothes has definitely made a difference. When I wake up to my alarm clock at 0-dark-thirty, not only can I get dressed faster, I’m more motivated to get up and going. When I sleep in regular pajamas, there could be the thought of “five more minutes” or “I’m so tired.” When I sleep in my running gear, I wake up thinking, “Time to get up.” Not running is not an option. I’m keenly aware of this shift in my perspective and it’s very cool.

The comments on Reddit evened out after the first set of responders were all negative, and several of them agreed that sleeping in running gear is more about motivation than saving time. Conversely, I had an overwhelming positive response when I posted this to my Facebook wall: “Yes, I sleep in my workout clothes when I’m planning to go jogging first thing in the morning. I know it’s weird, but it works.” These were some of the responses:

  • I have been doing the same thing for years now. One less step in the morning and motivation that I am technically ready to exercise and have no excuse.
  • One person’s weird is another person’s fucking brilliant.
  • That is just plain sexy.

Yeah, my friends are awesome.

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4 Comments

  1. Tyler Hurst says:

    There are few things better than running in AZ at sun up. Miss that so, so much.

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      That is one of the best things about being out at dawn – I get to see the last of the stars and the first light of day.

  2. Kim says:

    I’ve been an on and off runner over the years, but when I was training for a marathon, my running group would start really early in the summer. I found sleeping in my running clothes a HUGE step to make my painfully early morning that much easier. Just roll out of bed and put on shoes. Grab an energy bar and water bottle, and I’m on the road within 5-7 minutes of waking up.

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      Exactly! It’s only saves a few minutes, but it makes a big difference!